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Found 21 results

  1. Unknown Late Cretaceous Vertebra i.d.

    These vertebrae have been a little problematical in their identification for me....they almost resemble something of a raptor character to me. From the Late Cretaceous Coon Creek formation in West Tennessee. Can anyone help please.
  2. I'm extremely excited to announce that two days ago at 3:30 a newly discovered dinosaur vertebra was recovered from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation in West Tennessee. This is only the 4th. dinosaurian vertebra to ever be found in Tennessee! It's also the first dinosaur vertebra I've ever found in my life. The specimen is from the tail section on the vertebrae column of a Hadrosaur. The neural canal and neural arch are still plainly visible. Specimen is missing the neural spine and also possible Chevron bone. This is a historic achievement for paleontology in Tennessee and here is the first look. As I'm sure by now, everyone on the Forum knows, my cell takes terrible pics, I hope to prep the specimen soon and show better shots of it. These photos were taken the day it was recovered and I have no others presently available. I will post more pics on this thread when the specimen is cleaned.
  3. As of 5/5/16, this large specimen of Late Cretaceous Amber Resin has received a new home in the McClung Museum at the University Of Tennessee (Knoxville). It is from my collection of West Tennessee Amber and is Campanian. This was my 4th-5th largest specimen from my collection.
  4. Anyone who has searched the internet for pictures of the 5 dinosaur bones that were recovered from the Cretaceous of West Tennessee knows what I'm talking about: there simply isn't ANY photos available to view the all the specimens, with the exception of a PDF file wrote in 1991 by Mr. Bryan from UT Knoxville. That said, the bones aren't to scale in the PDF and some PDF files of the paper don't even retain the pictures. An exhaustive internet search for the material only pulls up a few pictures of a bone or two plus one photo of a few associated fragments. Here I present to you as many photos of the material as I can. In this thread I also present the first photos of every single frag that is associated with the specimens, which isn't on public display. For at least 3 years now, I've tried hard to get photos of these specimens, I finally had to just go to Knoxville and do it myself. Now you all may have access to view photos of this online. A little background history about these bones; they were obtained by the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) from the Tennessee Division of Geology. The tag on the bones simply read "Cretaceous, West Tennessee." That is all! It is thought they were recovered sometime between the 40's-50's by the Division, and that the Geologist whom they came from didn't record the locality information on purpose because he had intent on returning to work the site. Until 2015 these were the only dinosaur bones to ever be found in Tennessee and publicly acknowledged. The find site is still an enduring mystery which I'm working on. My cell takes terrible photos, so I'm sorry about the picture quality, still I wanted to share these photos with you all.
  5. It truly was a pleasure banging some Coon Creek formation with Herb. This is one funny guy! He had me laughing most of the day...but when he got serious, the bones started coming out! I took him to 2 different localities yesterday; the first was what one would imagine as the "classic" Coon Creek formation layers....more shells than a man could shake a stick at! Outstanding recoveries in invertebrate paleontology were made, including the first Ammonite shell I've ever actually seen recovered first hand. It was only a partial, but boy oh boy what a stunning gem...it still displayed the original outer surface glow and was a purple color! Whoa! Also recovered was a shell I've never seen in literature yet, Herb likewise was wondering about it's identity... I have high hopes for that specimen. Herb I hope will post the invertebrates on this topic when the material is ready for display, as, I kept nothing, I wanted him to enjoy a great visit and leave out loaded. Our second stop was the good'ol Sawmill site in Decatur co. Tn. This is the site I posted the topic: "Exact Location Of Dinosaur Bones, Crystals, Marine Reptiles, And More". Specimens recovered from the site included Mosasaur bones, disarticulated Crab parts (pinchers, segments, at least one caprice, ect.), ghost shrimp, gastropod molds, ect. One noteworthy specimen Herb took back to Kentucky was a nucleated concretion that displayed a ghost shrimp burrow with a gastropod mold right beside it...very cool. Here I will load all the photos on the fossil recoveries which aren't many, Herb, add us some photos as they become available man.
  6. Need I.d. For Cretaceous Vertebra Please.

    These are bad photos I know, I'm just looking for a general classification....Dinosaur or Marine Reptile. It sure is looking Dinosaurish to me. It displays a flat surface area on each face. In the photos, the top surface is flat , and is what I take to be the neurospine canal. The vert is longer than wide. Recovered today. Looks like a Hadrosauridae vert to me. If this doesn't look Dinosaurian to you, please share with me your thoughts on what Marine Reptile you think it may be.
  7. There I was pulling up to this building Tuesday morning, about to have a meeting with the State Geologist Ronald Zurawski. Traveling there, all I used to go off of was the address, so you can imagine my surprise when I find out I'm parking in Beside the Tennessee Supreme Court, and this huge building is the place that I have a meeting in...then I find out it's on the 12 floor or course. There I am pulling up with a wooden crate full of material, and 2 extra large specimens. I know I had 100 pd. Anyway... After two breaks, I made it through the front door where the security guard helped me place it on the desk. There I meet Ron for the first time, what a outstanding person. I was impressed with his charisma. A wheelchair being there, it was used for a makeshift transport to the top. Ended up using a dolly to bring the material back down and to the car. There on the 12 th floor in the only empty office I saw, I began submitting a large part of my collection for viewing. The meeting began with Ron and Vince Antonacci, the Geologist for West Tennessee, by about the 3rd bone to come out of the box, they were already leaving the room and calling others to come view this material. Many were available, some weren't. Rounding it up, I spent the next 6 hours there. Talking, answering questions, and asking questions of my own. I stood the entire time. I met more Geologists than I've ever seen under one roof that day. At the end of the day when the material had been viewed very closely, I still had at least 3 specimens that defy identification. No one has ever saw anything like them before and they have certainly become very problematic to me. At some point, one of them returned with 2 publications in hand. One was a classic publication by Ernest Russell that I tried to buy on the spot, I was later given a free copy autographed by the State Geologist. The other was an actual 1926 edition of Bruce Wade's report on the Coon Creek....I could hardly believe my eyes! Met a lot of wonderful people, and was even taken to the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation's office for an introduction,but he wasn't in.( He answers to the Governor.) I did however meet the Deputy Commissioner. (!) I'm even now preparing to write some things with Vince, the Geologist in charge of West Tennessee, which is a truly wonderful opportunity, I feel so blessed. HalleluYAH. I presented bones, teeth, a few minerals, Large Amber specimens, Amber with inclusions, other paleobotanical, and unidentified material. The topics were varied and fascinating, but what really won the day in the Division of Geology was the Cretaceous bone material. Thinking back on it now, I'm not sure the meeting could have actually went any better! Feeling blessed.
  8. Cretaceous Fish Vertebra

    From the album Most of my collection

    This Fish Vert comes from a Late Cretaceous formation.
  9. Late Cretaceous Shark Teeth

    From the album Most of my collection

    A small selection of Late Cretaceous Campanian shark teeth, and a fish vert.
  10. Plesiosaur Or Xiphactinus Tooth

    From the album Most of my collection

    Here is a comparison of the tooth with that of a Plesiosaur tooth from North Africa (purchased material). The find is Late Cretaceous, Campanian. The first ever reported instance of a Plesiosaur or Xiphactinus tooth to be found on Tennessee soil. Collected April 26th 2014.
  11. Plesiosaur Or Xiphactinus Tooth

    From the album Most of my collection

    Badly decomposed before preservation. This is the first reported instance of a Pliesiosaur or Xiphactinus tooth to be found on Tennessee soil. Collected April 26th 2014.
  12. Plesiosaur Or Xiphactinus Tooth

    From the album Most of my collection

    Badly decomposed before preservation. This is the first reported instance of a Plesiosaur or Xiphactinus tooth to be found on Tennessee soil. Collected on April 26th 2014.
  13. Plesiosaur Or Xiphactinus Tooth

    From the album Most of my collection

    Badly decomposed before preservation. This is the first recorded instance of a Plesiosaur or Xiphactinus tooth to be found on Tennessee soil. Late Cretaceous, Campanian. Collected April 26th 2014.
  14. Unidentified Vertebra

    From the album Most of my collection

    On Dec 19th 2013, this large vertebra was collected out of a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation in Sardis, TN. Probable Plesiosaurian or Dinosaurian. Weight, 7 1/2 pounds.
  15. Unidentified Vertebra

    From the album Most of my collection

    On dec 19th 2013, this large vertebra was collected out of a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation in Sardis,TN. Probable Plesiosaurian or Dinosaurian. Weight, 7 1/2 pounds.
  16. Unidentified Vertebra

    From the album Most of my collection

    On dec 19th 2013, this large vertebra was collected out of a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation in Sardis, TN. Probable Plesiosaurian or Dinosaurian. Weight, 7 1/2 pounds.
  17. Unidentified Vertebra

    From the album Most of my collection

    On dec 19th 2013, this large vertebra was collected out of a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation in Sardis, TN. Probable Plesiosaurian or Dinosaurian. Weight, 7 1/2 pounds.
  18. Unidentified Vertebra

    From the album Most of my collection

    On dec 19th 2013, this large vertebra was collected out of a Late Cretaceous formation in Sardis, TN. Probable Plesiosaurian or Dinosaurian. Weight, 7 1/2 pounds.
  19. Large Bone Frag.

    From the album Most of my collection

    Collected April 10th 2014 from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation.
  20. Large Bone Frag.

    From the album Most of my collection

    Collected April 10th 2014 from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation.
  21. Large Bone Frag.

    From the album Most of my collection

    Collected April 10th 2014 from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation.
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